Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Fan fiction, trivia or literature?

The Weird World of Fan Fiction, WSJ article.
"The publishing industry's current overnight sensation, erotica author E.L. James, began writing her best-selling book "Fifty Shades of Grey" as "Twilight" fan fiction. She began posting her X-rated take on Ms. Meyer's tame paranormal romance online three years ago. Her "Twilight" homage, titled "Master of the Universe," evolved into a series starring a powerful CEO and a young woman in a sadomasochistic sexual relationship."

I have never read fan fiction before, but I started recently when I stumbled over a set of many stories featuring one of my favorite characters, Daria. There are maybe a million words from that one author alone, and I'm enjoying it much.

It's interesting to see the drive to put in that much work without any aim for financial gain. It's also interesting to see how fan fiction is getting more accepted, for example, Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card has shifted from sending threatening letters to actively encouraging fan fiction with a contest.


Stephen A said...

You really need to read "Odd Idea" by Rorschach's Blot blindingly funny takes on the potterverse on, as well as "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality" in which Petunia marries an Oxford Don in BioChem. Thus Harry is a "young Richard Feynman" by the time he gets the letter from Hogwarts. Great fun.

Also check out for easy conversion of fanfiction net content to ePub or kindle.

As for 50 Shades, yawn, the manga "Nana to Kaoru" is orders of magnitude better.

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Thank you, I'll give Odd Ideas a shake.

Yes, Flagfic is great, I blogged it a while ago. One-click ebook, send directly to your kindle or iPad!

Stephen A said...

Meta comment on 50 shades and ebooks :)